Literature, Modernism, and Dance by Susan Jones

Literature, Modernism, and Dance

bySusan Jones

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This book explores the complex relationship between literature and dance in the era of modernism. During this period an unprecedented dialogue between the two art forms took place, based on a common aesthetics initiated by contemporary discussions of the body and gender, language, formalexperimentation, primitivism, anthropology, and modern technologies such as photography, film, and mechanisation. The book traces the origins of this relationship to the philosophical antecedents of modernism in the nineteenth century and examines experimentation in both art forms. The book investigates dance's impact on the modernists' critique of language and shows the importance to writers of choreographic innovations by dancers of the fin de siecle, of the Ballets Russes, and of European and American experimentalists in non-balletic forms of modern dance. A reciprocalrelationship occurs with choreographic use of literary text. Dance and literature meet at this time at the site of formal experiments in narrative, drama, and poetics, and their relationship contributes to common aesthetic modes such as symbolism, primitivism, expressionism, and constructivism.Focussing on the first half of the twentieth century, the book locates these transactions in a transatlantic field, giving weight to both European and American contexts and illustrating the importance of dance as a conduit of modernist preoccupations in Europe and the US through patterns ofinfluence and exchange. Chapters explore the close interrelationships of writers and choreographers of this period including Mallarme, Nietzsche, Yeats, Conrad, Woolf, Lawrence, Pound, Eliot, and Beckett, Fuller, Duncan, Fokine, Nijinsky, Massine, Nijinska, Balanchine, Tudor, Laban, Wigman, Graham, and Humphrey, andrecover radical experiments by neglected writers and choreographers from David Garnett and Esther Forbes to Andree Howard and Oskar Schlemmer.

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Susan Jones spent fifteen years as a soloist with the Scottish Ballet, Glasgow before becoming an academic. She now teaches English at Oxford, and has written on Joseph Conrad, modernism, and dance history and aesthetics.
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Title:Literature, Modernism, and DanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:September 22, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199565325

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IntroductionA Poetics of Potentiality: Mallarme, Fuller, Yeats, Humphrey, and GrahamNietzsche, Modernism, and Dance: Dionysian or Apollonian?From Dance to Movement: Eurhythmics, Expressionism, Language, and LiteratureDiaghilev and British WritingTwo Modern Classics: The Rite of Spring and Les NocesThe 'unheard rhythms' of Virginia Woolf'Savage and superb': Primitivism in Text and DanceMassine, Modernisms, and the Integrated ArtsEzra Pound on Kinaesthetics, the Russian Ballet, and Machines'At the still point': T. S. Eliot, Dance, and a Transatlantic PoeticsRambert and Dramatic DanceSamuel Beckett and ChoreographyAfterwordBibliography